Jul 9, 2013 6:00pm EDT
is under house. >> wendell, thank you. staying overseas, the taliban has pulled the plug on its office in qatar less than a month after opening it for what were supposed to be peace talks about afghanistan. now it seems the u.s. may get its troops out of harm's way faster than originally planned. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has that story from the pentagon. >> i'm not aware that this was a trial, believe it of not. i can't say that for sure. >> the "new york times" exclusive set tonguings wagging by suggesting tension with afghan president karzai was pushing obama to consider a zero troop option. speeding the withdrawal of 67,000 troops from afghanistan leaving no u.s. troops behind after 2014. >> the white house has made clear that twhere is a zero option on the table. >> the white house pointed to a january 8 conference call that national security advisor ben roads had. the president does not view these negotiations has having a goal of keeping u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> i think it's important to note that we stated here, i think it was here, but it was siste
Jul 9, 2013 7:00pm EDT
with the united states because we're talking to the taliban and with the president trying to get his agenda through to karzai and karzai not listening. >> meanwhile, the taliban officials in can you tar have all been closed their offices there. they are angry that officials there took down their flag and their sign after president karzai balked that the taliban were setting up a government in exile, shep. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon. more than a dozen women and children died today when a roadside bombs hit the wrong target. local militants were trying to kill government troops. but the blast hit a cartful of villagers instead. officials said an afghan soldier opened fire on nato forces at a base in kandahar killing one slovakian soldier and wounding six others. jury selection started today in the case of the u.s. army psychiatrist who says he gunned down american soldiers to defend the taliban. major nidal hasan is charged with killing 13 people, wounding dozens more of fort hood in texas back in november of 2009. it it was the worse mass shooting at the u.s. military facility ever.
Jul 10, 2013 2:00am EDT
. >> the weird thing is, his defense strategy is the soldiers presented a threat to the taliban heads. that's his defense. that defines a jihadist right there. >> there's no reason that shouldn't be a military -- >> by the nature of his defense, he's defining his crime and what he did. >> can you imagine being the victims and the families of the victims having to sit there and be questioned. >> i think the military's not going to lets this get out of hand. he might try and grandstand to make this a case for jihad, but the judge is going to slap it down. because you just mentioned his defense, it will be difficult if not impossible to prove what he did. and i say, let him do it. let him explain why he did it. because this is what radical islam is. since our administration doesn't want to talk about it, there he is, he was trying to protect the taliban. >> now it's going to be shameful for the obama administration because -- >> don't give that response. hold on. >> no military decorations or awards. >> to classify it as workplace violence instead of an act of jihad, an act of war, that's the same a
Jul 9, 2013 9:00am EDT
the day when taliban and al qaeda retake control of afghanistan. i think that day is coming almost inevitably given the president's ill-advised policies leading to the expected drawdown to almost zero next year. leaving a token number of troops doesn't affect conditions and the ground and speeding up the withdrawal simply moves forward the time taliban retakes control. i think it' a disaster for american interests. gregg: reportedly the relationship between karzai and president obama has deteriorated. there. this is a president who wants to undertake huge diplomatic transformations all over the world but does this reflect poorly on his diplomatic skills? >> i don't have a lot of good things to say about hamid karzai. that's utterly irrelevant to what america's interests are. we are not there for hamid karzai, we are not there for the afghans we are there for us. we are there to protect at a distance against the terrorist threat posed by the taliban and al qaeda. if you have got a bad relationship with the president of a country like that you grit your teeth, smile and behave profes
Jul 9, 2013 1:00pm EDT
prohibits that because it is a capital case. and then he wanted to say he was saving taliban leaders by carrying out the shooting and the court would not allow that. 13 people died here in 2009 and 30 injured. on this program, a sergeant shot five times that day described what the wait was like. >> not only the victims and survivors, but our families. now we'll get a chance to close the chapture and once again a setback in our way. >> if everything goes as planned and opening statements scheduled to begin on august 6th. it is an interesting process. >> indeed it will. thank you. the gunman's own paralysis when he was shot as he was shooting others. hassan's doctor said he can't sit more than 12 hours upright. he must have 15- 20 minute breaks for stretching every four hours and he must lift himself off of the whole chair every half an hour. it is going to be something to watch all of this play out, only adding insult to the victims and their families, hassan has collected a paycheck. he's received more than 278,000us dollars. he gets this salary because he was not proven guilty of th
Jul 10, 2013 12:00am EDT
protect this vital facility from the taliban once the marines are gone? can these guys fight? >> absolutely. >> have you seen them? >> yes, sir. >> is it the same kind of thing we would do in the marines or you do in the air force? >> sometimes the tactics are different. the planning is different. the way that they discuss when and where they're going to do things, but when it has to happen, they make it happen. they're fast, brave and they get things done. >> the weapons become the operations chief. give me a sense of their capabilities. >> i think they're doing a pretty good job. i was here two years ago, since then the afghans have taken the lead in the fight against the insurgency and have stepped up and started doing what they need to do to secure the country. >> very soon this aircraft and the marines will be gone. but what you see today is one more example of how the afghans are taking charge of their own destiny. >> you know, sean, standing next to me, a lieutenant who was with us out to the dam. he's been here since? >> january of this year. >> you've seen a lot. it'